Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.I then offered a retrospective in which I dubbed 2005:
"THE YEAR OF THE LIE"
Well, hard as it may be to believe, 2008 may surpass its predecessor for the title of:
"YEAR OF THE BIGGEST BATCH OF LIES EVER"
One is always ready to say that the outrage of any particular day is "unprecedented", but there is no fitter word for what we have seen this past year on the part of the news media, upon whom the average Joe has long depended for a picture of the world as it is. The traditional media -- newspapers, the "big three" of network television with a few of their spin-off brethren, the major news magazines -- have never in the history of American politics been so transparently activist for one candidate over another. Barack Obama is their long-awaited perfect candidate, and they will stop at nothing to put him in office.
And he is, in so many frightening ways, the perfect candidate for the present day: physically attractive, photogenic, smooth-talking (with notes), overflowing with vapid verbal fuzzies and pledges so comforting and lofty that their staggering hubris is lost in the mist. Obama is the perfect candidate for an age when a huge proportion of the voting public is either over-"educated" with fallacies and conspiracy theories, and seething with irrational anger over non-existent injustices (like a "stolen" election or "inside job" terrorism) -- or brain-dead from celebrity worship, with an addiction to fake reality TV and mainstreamed soft-porn serials. Both segments of society are fatally vulnerable to hysteria over a well-packaged candidate whose persona is fundamentally an illusion.
This illusion was founded in the "post-racial, post-partisan" mythology of a candidate who has spent his short but calculated political career caressed in the ample bosom of race-baiting agitation and socialist activism, fused (oddly) to an old-fashioned jack-booted money-grubbing Chicago political machine. The few genuine touchstones of his life about whom we know -- father, mother, spiritual and political mentors -- have been papered over by the same media that celebrates the idea, but suppresses the contents, of Obama's two ridiculously premature autobiographies. (Including those parts now shown to be falsified.) The vast unknowns are being dug out of the crevices by various hard-scrabbling journalists, but will remain untouched by the incurious mainstream.
Hard to imagine that the biggest mountain of B.S. yet to appear would make its debut just a month before the election, but so it has. There has been no bigger lie than the attempt by Obama and his party to hang the economic implosion on the Republicans, when the truth is 180 degrees opposite, and the fault is at least 98% the Democrats'. And the indisputable evidence is everywhere -- except on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, and the various self-appointed papers of record.
So 2008 seems poised to be the YEAR OF THE WHOPPIN' BIG LIE, WITH CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY.
As I said more than two years ago, the ORCS are winning.
Here's just a little sampling of this year's most flagrant use of lies, damned lies, and statistics:
Back when the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy came out, and there was some controversy over the various actors’ reflections on whether or not it was appropriate to draw parallels between the fictitious battles for Middle Earth and the all-too-real battles against Al Qaeda and its sponsors, my sense was that the left-leaning types who rejected the parallels probably assumed that we pro-war crazies saw in those waves of Orcs, sweeping down upon the cornered Good Guys, the faces of Islamist “militants.” Not, in my view, a wholly unjustified interpretation of those scenes.
However, at the time I expressed a somewhat different take on those brilliantly executed scenes of descending hoards, especially the terrifying attack at Helm’s Deep in film II (The Two Towers). What I saw in the deformed bodies and ghoulish monster faces of the Orcs was the physical embodiment of The Lie, and the overwhelming power of an accumulation of Lie upon Lie upon Lie. This was evil incarnate. This was the vision of why Satan is called The Father of Lies.
Obama collects illegal campaign contributions in the millions.
Obama's friends, supporters, spiritual mentors, and political resume, and his destructive effect on the community he claimed to be helping -- all completely uninteresting to the mainstream press -- form a saga of radical left activism that should make America shudder.
NBC and the New York Times try to trivialize or cast doubt on McCain's history of torture in Vietnam.
Obama thug squads are trying to suppress criticism of his campaign, much in the vein that he has always been most successful not by winning elections so much as choreographing them, by shoving his opponents off a cliff.
And then, of course, the all-out blitzkrieg against Sarah Palin: Top 7 here , more here.
The Orc is the lie. It is swarming over the hillsides and bearing down upon the hapless Middle Earthlings.
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit contributes this:
A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS:The fix for Obama is in, and it's wORCing.
"Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into Obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working."